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Fall registration will start on Tuedsay, April 30th, at 9:30 AM. 

Summer registration will start on Monday, May 6th, at 9:30 AM.

Be advised that all holds must be cleared before registration. Advisement is required for Fall and Summer registration.

All students are required to be in status each term. This means that students must either be registered or be on an approved Leave of Absence.



April 30 (TUES.) Registration begins for the Fall 2019 semester for those enrolled in the Spring 2019 semester.  

May 6 (MON.) Registration begins for the Summer 2019 semester.

August 26 (MON.) Last day to apply for leave of absence for Fall 2019. Last day to drop for 100% tuition refund. 

August 27 (TUES.) First day of classes for Fall 2019 semester. All students who register on or after this day must pay tuition and fees in full at that time, including $25 late registration fee. Students making adjustment to an already existing enrollment on or after this day will be assessed an $18 Program Adjustment Fee. 
September 2 (MON.) Last day to register for Fall 2019 semester. Last day to drop for 75% tuition refund. 

September 16 (MON.) Deadline for filing an add with special written permission or drop (without the grade of “W” appearing on the student record), changes of level, or residency changes for the Fall 2019 semester. All changes that may affect student billing must be completed by this date. No petitions for changes will be accepted after this date. Last day to deposit a dissertation or thesis for a September 30, 2019 degree. Last day to drop for 25% tuition refund. 

Please visit the Fall 2019 Academic Calendar for relevant dates and deadlines. 



Visit the MALS Course Schedule for course descriptions of courses offered by MALS.

Visit the CUNY First Schedule of Classes to see all courses offered by the GC.

MALS 70000 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies course is required for all MALS students. The course is a topics class. Faculty who teach it choose a subject of study – usually related to their own research interests – and explore that topic through a range of disciplinary lenses. The class is designed to help students understand interdisciplinary work, develop their written, oral, and analytic skills, and create a cohort experience. We encourage students to take this class in their first or second semester in the program.

MALS Core Courses
Students who entered the program this Spring, should be taking their second core course if it is offered. If you do not take the core courses when they are offered, you may miss them in case they are not offered next year, and this may delay the completion of your degree down the line. In some cases, MALS core courses will be cross-listed with other programs. Students who would like to have these courses satisfy the core course requirement for their chosen concentration must register for the MALS course number.
Satisfactory Progress Holds
Students must be in good standing to register. Students who have a Satisfactory Progress hold should have received an email to this effect from the Registrar’s office earlier this semester. Please contact Professor Karen Miller to resolve the hold. The MALS department can resolve ONLY academic holds; for other holds, contact the corresponding GC offices.
Thesis/Capstone Project Research, MALS 79000 (3 credits)
Students who are registering for MALS 79000, Thesis/Capstone Project Research, need to email Kathy Koutsis directly (and forward correspondence showing that they have a faculty member who has agreed to advise) to get a course permission. Any professor who has an appointment to the Graduate Center can serve as a thesis advisor (not just faculty within MALS).

Thesis Writing Course, MALS 72000, (3 credits)
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Shelly Eversley (
If you would like to sign up for the thesis writing course, permission of the department is required. To express your interest in taking this course, please fill in this form.  This course is being offered in both Summer 2019 and Fall 2019. Please sign up for the appropriate section. This course was oversubscribed in Spring 2019 and so if you are interested in registering for it, please fill out the form at your earliest convenience. This is a 3-credit course and it is not a substitute for MALS 79000.
Maintenance of Matriculation
Students who have completed the 30 credits for the degree, but need an additional semester to complete the thesis, should register for “Maintenance of Matriculation” (# 54050).
If you find that a course offered by another department is closed or has restrictions, you can get in touch with the instructor for permission to enroll. Once you’ve got the instructor’s permission, you'll arrange for it to be posted to CUNYfirst by emailing the Assistant Program Officer of the department offering the course. Please include your EMPL ID in your correspondence.  Here’s a link to the doctoral programs.
For MALS courses, please ask the instructor to post the permission to enroll in CUNYfirst.
Registering for English and Comparative Literature Courses
Please note that the English and Comparative Literature departments offer a 2-credit option for all of their courses. This option is only available to students enrolled in Ph.D. programs; MALS students should choose the 4-credit option when registering for these courses. When registering for variable credit courses, the registration will be processed automatically for the lowest credit value available. You may change this credit value by clicking on the credit number in the registration screen. 

Federal Aid Information
A few key points: Students must be registered for at least 6 credits to receive federal aid (Perkins, work study, Stafford and Graduate PLUS). The amount of federal aid a student is eligible for is based on the number of credits the student registers for, a standardized cost of living amount, and the student’s financial need. If a student drops from 9 to 6 credits, their aid eligibility decreases by the cost of those three credits. If a student drops from 6 to 3 credits, all of their federal aid would be cancelled.
If a student completely withdraws from all classes prior to the 60% point of the policy on our website comes into effect. The 60% point is also when students who completely withdraw are entitled to keep their loans. Any student who completely withdraws from their classes will give up any remaining work study eligibility.
For detailed information, visit Master's Scholarships and Financial Aid.